Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
In each of her stories, Danielle Evans explores the non-white American experience with honesty, wisdom, and humor. They are striking in their emotional immediacy, based in a world where inequality is a reality, but...more
Some of the stories (Snakes, Harvest, Someone Ought to Tell Her There's Nowhere to Go), are spectacular. As with most short stories, you are left with a sense of longing. You're left wanting more. You NEED ...more
Man... the longing, the melancholy, the impossible other reality, the sense of anger, despair, the battle with your own fool self against everything else... Man, was it unbearable at time.
That being said, it takes a fabulous collection like this to make a reader understand what constitutes a great short story: unbelievably strong and fully realized characters placed in scenarios that test them as humans, but different from a novel in that the moment of the dramatic shift, the climactic ...more
That brilliant quote, ladies and gentleman, is from Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. Specifically from my favorite story, Robert E. Lee is dead. I related to this story the most, because I too felt ostracized for being the smart black girl and quiet. All of the stories were great and really made you think about life, the human condition and how our view on life greatly affects how we live.
If I have to pick my favorite short story I think I am going to have to go with "Robert E. Lee is Dead." That's because the main protagonist of that story reminded me of my school days as the "smart one" in my high school. It was tricky for ...more
I chose this book randomly because the title spoke to me. As a Parisian-dwelling-native-of-Virginia (you can ...more
I especially loved "Virgins", the story of two teen girls in ...more
The author has an amazing skill in ...more
Not so here. Evans writes about (mostly) young black women with brains and agency and fully realized characters. Everyone felt fascinating and familiar from paragraph one.
Seriously, she is really talented. I'll definitely be reading ...more
I like to take my time with collections, reading just one or two in a sitting and usually when I'm still waking myself up in the morning or before bed at night--but not necessarily every morning/night because I want to be in a certain kind of mood. That way I can really let the beauty of a slow, ...more
These are stories about relationships, stupid choices, and ambition. Many of the characters are in their teens and Evans has a good memory for what teenagers are like, what they want and fear most. She was young when she wrote these stories, but she got her characters right. Some of her POV characters are girls or women looking ...more
3.5 stars rounded up
I agree with a previous reviewer who said she felt like these stories started out strong (Snakes, Harvest, Someone Ought to Tell Her There's Nowhere to Go), but then few of stories in the middle really just did not have an ending at all--it was different than a cliffhanger, they just stopped. That greatly slowed down my reading of the book, but luckily there was another fantastic story at the end (Robert E. Lee is Dead). Evans ...more
|Fiction Lover's B...: * Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, by Danielle Evans||2||5||May 13, 2013 01:44PM|